Nikole Hannah-Jones mocked for claiming Europe ‘isn’t a continent’, calling Ukrainian alarm a racial ‘dog whistle’


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Nikole Hannah-Jones, a New York Times Magazine reporter and founder of the controversial 1619 Project, was roundly mocked by critics over the weekend for falsely claiming that Europe is “not a continent”.

The left-leaning writer took to Twitter on Sunday to make the bizarre claim, appearing to be motivated by others’ concerns about the Russian military’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. She also referenced such alarm about people who “appear white” as a racial “dog whistle.”

“What if I told you that Europe is not a continent by definition [sic]but a geopolitical fiction to separate it from Asia and therefore the alarm about the invasion of a European, or civilized, or first world nation is a whistle to tell us that we should care because they are like us,” Hannah-Jones, who uses the name “Ida Bae Wells” on the platform, wrote.

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“To be clear: we should care about Ukraine. But not because she is European, or that the people seem white, or that they are “civilized” and not “impoverished”. All people deserve to be free and to be welcomed when their country is at war,” she added in a separate tweet, suggesting a bias in how European countries are perceived compared to European countries. other parts of the world.

Hannah-Jones included two additional tweets with articles appearing to support her claim of bias.

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Critics blasted Hannah-Jones over the claims, mocking her references to race amid the ongoing war in Ukraine and chastising the idea that Europe isn’t a continent.

“When your whole existence is built on the dry sand foundation that is Critical Race Theory, every layer of thought becomes more unstable,” wrote one reviewer, referring to the controversial school curriculum run by the 1619 Project, while another argued that Hannah-Jones wasn’t a good source on “history, geography, or geopolitics.”

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“The tectonic plates and large natural dividers would love a word,” wrote another reviewer, while one accused her of alleging that those who identify as Europeans have identities that don’t didn’t really exist.

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“A whole political, cultural and ideological alliance has lined up behind this person’s intellectual observations. This is not something that can simply be undone,” wrote one reviewer, who also pointed to a back-and-forth between Hannah-Jones and another user. , in which the latter redoubles her arguments on Europe and asks what is the definition of a continent.

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